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Govt of Liberia presents Submission on Outer Limits of Liberia’s Continental Shelf…

Varflay Kamara/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.

The Liberian Government has presented a submission on its outer limits of the Country’s continental shelf to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

The "continental shelf" is used generally to mean that part of the continental margin, which is between the shoreline or where there is no noticeable slope between the shoreline of the water approximately between 100 and 200 meters.

According to a Foreign Ministry release issued Monday, March 11, 2019, Foreign Minister Gbehzongar Findley submitted the Country’s outer limits to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in in compliance with Article 76 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Minister Findley said the submission of the outer limit is aimed at ensuring proper long-term management of the ocean space and to determine the limits of national maritime jurisdiction to establish a secure legal basis for the management of the continental shelf for long benefit to the Country.

He stressed the importance of the continental shelf to manage the ocean space and the continued sustainable development goal of Liberia.

Also speaking, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, highlighted the scientific legal and technical basis for the submission.

Ambassador Kemayah furthered said that the Government of Liberia has reviewed and provided up-to-date data that is relevant to justify the outer limits determined by the Country.


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